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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

Turquoise Coppered Waters

About this design:

I have had these diamond brown beads for over 10 years. Never found anything I really liked to go with them, until now. My husbands friend went on a trip with his family about 3 hrs away from here. They went to take this train ride that acts out a train robbery. Well they had these little shops at the station, and one had beads in it. He bought me the turquoise stones, and they were the perfect color for my brown beads. Well I was off and grinding my brain gears to put something together. Ta Da!


Leather and czech fire polished rondelles from LB. Turquoise from my good buddy Calvin. My aged brown beads, two little green fluorite rounds, three turquoise glass rounds, copper findings all from my stash.

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  1. B Fencl
    B Fencl says:

    This is really wonderful. You waited for the perfect beads and they are a great together.

  2. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooo! Those diamond beads are extraordinary! I can see why you waited for a perfect companion beads. Beautiful necklace!!

  3. franny
    franny says:

    wow!…love those beads, Wanda; placing them with turquoise & copper has made them appear to have a deep rich burgundy & green patina…worth waiting, what a success!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Very pretty combo….they work perfectly together! Good things come to those who wait! LOL

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    The patina on your brown beads looks amazing with the new turquoise beads, Wanda ! And the copper is the perfect accent – - -

  6. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    PS Love the title you chose, too !

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    One of my favorite color combinations. Beautiful design. I like the addition of the leather.

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I am just in shock that you have a husband WHO BUYS YOU BEADS! Seriously, did you ladies notice that??? MY hubby would not EVER consider doing such a thing! I am SOOOO jealous!! :) Oh, and by the way, I LOVE the finished product!!! :)

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!

    I’m not sure what kind of bead they are. I’m thinking glass of some sort, cause there is a chip in the one bead I noticed that dangles. So I will have to take it off and restring it. What I meant by aging is the fact that they sat in my stash for over 10 years, just waiting patiently to be played with. :)

    It wasn’t my hubby that bought the beads, Becky. It was his friend of 25 years that did. But my hubby would also buy me beads.

  10. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    The brown and Turquoise are beautiful together. A great design.

  11. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    Just a short addition. When at the coast recently, i was doing some bead shopping when my husband surprised me by buying a strand of boulder opals. It was an extravagent purchase but meant so much that he was supportive of my beading.

  12. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I really like this piece Wanda. Just shows how we should try to hang on to as many beads as we can since some day we can create something beautiful.

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is such a beautiful necklace! I just love the colors and your stash beads really rock it!

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow. Your friend has great taste in beads and you beautifully put everything together. I would think of those 2 colors together, but what do I know ;) .

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Lovely necklace Wanda. You sound like me as far as beads…holding on to them. I’ve got a string of garnet chips & a string of freswater pearls I had for at least 15 years.

  16. Ams
    Ams says:

    Gorgeous – just right!

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Perfect color combination! You obviously have a real treasure trove for a stash! Love, love, love it! :D

  18. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments. I wasn’t sure about the leather piece, and again you all helped put those thoughts to rest, thanks!

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